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Old 12-02-2009, 02:18 AM
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Hello Lateral-g gang. My name is Brian Hobaugh and I am in the process of building an all out autocross 2nd gen Camaro that will also be able to be driven on the street. I have autocrossed for 24 years in Nor Cal, mostly in a 1965 Corvette that is on the Lateral-g home page. My father, Steve, and I have teamed up ever since I could drive at 16. He started autocrossing in a 74 Camaro and then a 72 Z28. In 1984 he purchased the 1965 Corvette we have been running ever since. For many years we have wanted to build a nationally competitive CP Camaro for SCCA Solo II. I finally decided not too long ago to go for it and build my dream car. I purchased the starter car from Mary Pozzi and have been going to town on it hard lately. Hope to have it completed and running by summer 2010.
Maier Racing and Mike Maier is building the chassis. Maier racing is know for its long history of Mustang fiberglass and suspension parts. Mike is amazing talented fabricator and driver (multi national champion autocross in CP) and has expanded his projects to Chevrolet Camaro's and Corvettes suspension and cage work. Almost all the suspension will be custom made pieces to obtain optimal geometry. With the help of multi national autocross champion Frank Stagnaro and my father, we hope to complete a Camaro that will look good and handle even better. Because of the rules in C Prepared, we have to keep certain structural parts in the car that would be nice to completely remove or change, such as, the rear frame rails and change out the stock subframe. The car must way 3100 lbs when we are done. Our goal is to have to add a few hundred pounds in specific areas of the car for optimum balance.

Short list of goodies going on the car:

600 HP LS3
4spd G-Force Transmission with Long linkage
9" Alum housing 3rd member and full floater rear end
Custom 3 link rear suspension
JRI Coil Overs
Wilwood Brakes
Tilton pedals
Woodward Steering column
18" x 12" rear and 17" x 12" front CCW wheels
Fiberglass front end parts and deck lid and bumpers
Maier Racing custom cage and suspension.

www.maierracing.com


I will post progress photos as we go. Here is a drawing I completed to show what the final product should look like.



Here is what we started with.







After we got the car home from Mary's, we took it all apart.













After we removed all the bolt on items, we started cutting away.








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Old 12-02-2009, 02:30 AM
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After the sheet metal was cut away, the cage and rear suspension structure gets built by Mike Maier of Maier Racing











The cage is tucked up as tight as possible to the body.






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Looks good!! Whats next?
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Here are a few more shots showing the progress of the rear cage and rear suspension and 3-link set up.



Since the rails can not be removed, only portions for clearance issues, the remaining rail is gusseted to the cage structure and capped.








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Old 12-02-2009, 09:56 AM
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Here are some shots showing Maier Racing joining the cage to the body on the rockers and A and B -pillars.







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Old 12-02-2009, 10:18 AM
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Hi Brian,
thanks for showing us your car, this thing is going to be awesome!
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The stock front subframe has to be used in the CP in order to not have a weight penalty. Modifications can be made to make it better, so Mike Maier and Frank Stagnaro have done a lot of work to make the most of it. All the front suspension will be made at Maier Racing. Stock car steering parts will be used. Custom spindles are fabricated to achieve our desired geometry.



All the seams on the subframe got welded for added reinforcement.



The front wheel base was measured out and the suspension was plotted out.















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Nice looking build. Keep us posted.
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Nice looking build. Keep us posted.
X2^^^^ As a fellow second gen owner I am very interested in this build. Thanks for sharing.
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